How Does Poor Lighting Effect You?

By Matthew | Updated on June 15, 2021

How does poor lighting affect you personally at home or in the workplace? 

The relationship between the light source and the individual clearly has a significant effect on productivity. Additionally, correct lighting can be important for a business to remain productive. 

Office Vs. Lighting

Office work is visually demanding and has always required good lighting for maximum comfort and productivity. “Good” lighting means providing enough illumination so that people can see printed, handwritten, or displayed documents clearly. Remember that too much that it blinds with excessive high light levels which causes glare. 

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The introduction to computers in the 1970s increased the visual demands of office work and made lighting design even more challenging. 

Furthermore, typewriters were being exchanged for computers, the need for redesigning or rearranging office lighting was commonly overlooked.  

First of all, the monitor itself is a source of light. Secondly, it does not require additional illumination from other sources. In fact, the screen itself can cause glare if the brightness and contrast controls are not properly adjusted.

An additional challenge occurs because most office work involves using the monitor and paper documents at the same time. Paper documents require a higher light level than the monitor. 

A desk lamp can be used to illuminate documents while avoiding excessive light near the monitor. As a result glare can also result from an improper match or excessive contract in light levels between the monitor screen and paper.

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The monitor can also act as a mirror. In which reflections of objects, shiny walls, and any light source (specifically windows and overhead lighting) in which causes glares. Let’s see how it will effect you. 

What Are The Most Common Complaints Resulting From Poor Lighting?

Eyestrain, eye irritation, blurred vision, dry burning eyes, and headaches. In another case poor lighting can also contribute to stiff necks and aches in the shoulder area. In fact, these problems can occur when people adopt or awkward postures when trying to read something under poor lighting conditions.

Poor lighting can be a safety hazard. Further, if someone were to misjudge the position, shape, or speed of an object can lead to accidents and injury. Since poor lighting can affect the quality of work, specifically in situations where precision is required, it would be pertinent to correct the lighting in any workspace. 

As well as overall productivity. The results of eye discomfort can be reduced by adjustments the overhead lighting; both the filters used to diffuse the overhead lighting and an individual’s ability to dim the overhead lights. 

It's About Correctly Lighting a Room Through Diffusion Or Refracted Light.

This removes any extremes in contract, both very bright and very dark areas. As a result, a correctly lit room will give a sense of tranquility. Furthermore, It will not cause headaches or eyestrain and will remove glare on a computer screen. Refracted light is light being shown through a diffuser or lens cover. It protects the eyes as it spreads the light out over the appropriate area. This creates a visually comforting or low glare environment. Which can result in the augments of increased productivity and the general happiness of employees.

Ceiling-mounted fluorescent fixtures have an added feature where some of the light can be emitted upward to produce ceiling brightness, making the open space look larger and more inviting.

In an office setting, fluorescent luminaires can provide a virtually shadow-free environment. You will find that workers with the ability to adjust lighting themselves make tasks seem less difficult. There is also the added benefit of energy-saving when you provide workers individual lighting controls. In fact, the energy savings can be considerable. 

Lighting accounts for about 20 to 25 percent of all electricity consumed in the United States. In addition, up to 30 percent of business energy costs come from this. Sadly, experts estimate that over 50 percent of the energy used for lighting is wanted by obsolete equipment, inadequate maintenance, or inefficient use.

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How Does Poor Lighting Effect You?

In conclusion, the best lighting provides the best results for you or your employees. The simplest way to increase motivation is to take care of the lighting around you. 

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